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  1. #3751
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    Registered: May 1999
    Location: on the socio path
    Went in for a random film at the theater and lost myself in just how damned good it was. Contratiempo (aka The Invisible Guest), a 2016 Spanish thriller that might seem like standard fare on the surface, but quickly got me with its brilliantly paced exposition, twists left and right, and a standout performance from, well... you'll see.

  2. #3752
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    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: cesspool
    Quote Originally Posted by Brethren View Post
    I watched Part 8 of the new Twin Peaks last night - you could just subtitle it WTF. That was easily the most bizarre hour of TV I've ever watched. I kind of want to discuss it, but I'm not even sure what to...discuss. I love weird and bizarre and crazy stuff, but sometime watching this show, you feel like they're just trying too hard. "Hey, what can we do that would just freak people out?"

    Don't get me wrong, still enjoying the show overall. I just hope at some point they make some attempt to explain whatever it was that I just watched.

    Thanks Lynchian god, the 9th episode is back to "normal". 8th was atmospheric and interesting in some strange way, but a bit too much for me. Overall, so far the 3rd season is one of the most interesting movies I've ever seen. It's also very brave, modern and creative, not some cheap playing on old fans feelings. I was very sceptical when it was in production, and the result is totally unexpected.

    Quote Originally Posted by Abysmal View Post
    Went in for a random film at the theater and lost myself in just how damned good it was. Contratiempo (aka The Invisible Guest), a 2016 Spanish thriller that might seem like standard fare on the surface, but quickly got me with its brilliantly paced exposition, twists left and right, and a standout performance from, well... you'll see.
    Thanks for the tip, Spanish thrillers are great.
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  3. #3753
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Only negative I'd give the 3rd season is that it lacks that "Noir" feel that was present in the first two seasons. This feels more new and a different beast of sorts.

    I quite love it all the same. It's just different that's all.

  4. #3754
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    The Crown, now I have Netflix. Great stuff. I thought it might be naff on account of Matt Smith but actually it's great. Required watching.

  5. #3755
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Also been watching Fear The Walking Dead. For a show that was supposed to show what occurred prior to the main show, it hasn't really showed that much. For example there was a HUGE riot but did they show it. Nope. Instead they stuck to the boring main characters. Acting is average at best. No'one is likable at all. They all do stupid stuff and wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes in the main show. Not once has someone turned on a TV to see what's going on, and only once did someone turn on a radio to check. What the.

    Please tell me that this show gets better, as I'm only 2 episodes in and already not liking this one.

  6. #3756
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    It gets a little better for a little while, then it goes back to being even worse crap. Rinse and repeat 4 or 5 times so far.

  7. #3757
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    I've finally gotten around to watching David Fincher's Zodiac. I really enjoyed it. It's also a pretty impressive feat, with all the research the filmmakers have done on the case (like tracking that one survivor you see at the end), which has even caused the police to reopen the file. Fincher also showed some restraint in how he showed the murders, which is fitting because this is not a fictional story like Seven. These were real people with living relatives, I think you shouldn't make it more grisly than necessary.

    Also watched all the Bourne movies in succession. If I had to guess, people on average probably liked Legacy the least, but right now it was my favorite. It's got the most attention devoted to its story and the least amount of long action scenes. Normally I don't mind action and Paul Greengrass is certainly great at directing it. But now with all that's been going on with me I find that my mind quickly wanders off when watching story-light action scenes, whereas an engaging story keeps my mind focused on the movie. Probably the reason Zodiac is my favorite movie I've seen since the "event", it's pure story and a good one at that, and you have to stay focused to even follow it. I've always been a little like that though, I mean I liked Inception for its story but the action scenes were kind of boring to me, like that long one in the snow. As far as the Nolan "puzzle" movies are concerned, I prefer The Prestige.

    With action, I actually prefer movies that are light on story and just have really well-choreographed action, like The Raid and Dredd (not the Stallone one but the other one) or a story you don't have to take seriously with fun dialogue and cool one-liners like Die Hard. Otherwise, with long action scenes in a movie that actually does have an engaging story, I'm quickly like "yeah yeah just show me whether (s)he lives or dies and get on with the story".

    With Jason Bourne (the latest one) the action was spectacular but the screenwriting talents of Tony Gilroy were missed a little. They tried to make it relevant with the social media thing, but it wasn't really working for me. Alicia Vikander sure is beautiful though.
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  8. #3758
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    Registered: May 2004
    You're pretty much speaking my mind on action sequences in general. It's not that I don't enjoy good action and I'm not turned off by violence, but with so many action sequences I just find myself getting bored and thinking, sheesh alright already, get on with it.

  9. #3759
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Twin Peaks, season 3, up until ep. 9 - Very engaging. Fave bits: Wally Brando, and whenever Gordon is onscreen. Least fave bits: whenever Agent Cooper is on screen. Seriously, both all the slow-ass Lodge scenes and the Dougie scenes are just interminable. But, overall, I can't stop watching.

    Wild at Heart - I liked it! Great performance by Cage.

    Castlevania, season 1 - Only thing wrong with this? At only 4 episodes it's too short! I like how dark it's willing to get, it's almost like an anime-Game of Thrones at times. I really like how the characters are introduced and where the story is going, but this whole thing is really just an intro. I'm looking forward to the 8-episode second season, due to appear next year.

    Fargo, season 3, up until ep. 6 - It's about as good as season 1. So, it's... pretty good.

  10. #3760
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Just came back from seeing Baby Driver! Edgar Wright's movie about Baby, a getaway driver with tinitus, which is why he always needs to have music playing so he can focus on his driving. Baby has been driving for supercrook Doc(Kevin Spacey), but his debt is almost paid and he's about to get out of da game! Will he get out? Watch the movie, I'm not gonna spoil this shit! Great chase scenes, cool tunes, and a wonderful cast. Pretty boy Ansel Elgort stars as Baby, but I was most impressed with John Hamm and Jamie Foxx's performances. That John Hamm needs to star in more things.

    Anyway, the story is really good, and the stakes just keep building up, but then the third act happens and, eh, it's a tad weak. It felt like the story was building towards a big final chase out of the city, but instead it ends with a dark and violent affair in a parking cave. The story also pulls a switcheroo on some of the characters. Doc, who we expect is going to be the main antagonist, somehow grows a heart and saves Baby at the end, loosing his own life in the process. And Hamm's character goes from being someone who's been on Baby's side the whole time to being the main antagonist. The film goes some way to justify these character decisions, but it still mostly feels forced.

    But hey, overall, terrific movie!

    Most Edgar Wright-y scene: in the middle of a chase Baby hijacks another car. The cops are closing in but the car isn't moving, Baby is frantically flipping between the radiostations looking for a good tune.

  11. #3761
    Administrator
    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: above the clouds
    In case anyone is interested, I only seem to be able to watch Anime at the moment. Currently on Log Horizon, which seems to be working for me.

    I started watching American Gods the last time I approached being drunk, tried to continue while sober and got bored. I was hoping for more given that it's based on a book by Neil Gaiman. I'm not sure when something from the US will grab me again.

  12. #3762
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    I watched Brimstone tonight, a western I've been meaning to see for a while. It's a passion project by a well-known (in the Netherlands) Dutch director, a huge film buff who always wanted to make a western but wanted to do something original with the genre. It stars Guy Pearce as a religious lunatic without a shred of goodness, and also Dakota Fanning, Kit Harington and Carice van Houten. Pearce does a decent Dutch accent (I'm now thinking Dutch accents sound sinister, but maybe that's just the character), but I was most surprised by another actress who speaks a little Dutch in the movie, I thought she was actually a Dutch actress but going by her name I guess she's not. I can't really spoil why there are people doing Dutch accents, but you'll see why if you choose to watch it. I thought the Dutch angle was fairly believable and not shoe-horned in just because the director is Dutch.

    Has anyone else seen it and what did you think? It got rave reviews from the European press, but some American critics thought the bleakness and human suffering were a bit too much. The genre sites like it though. Here's a favorable review, although I personally disagree with calling the movie sadistic, just some characters in the movie are sadistic.

    The main theme is the oppression of women, but also religious fanaticism - although the director has stated that the Reverend is just one character and while he says such people existed and still exist (no argument from me here, I mean I'm a Christian but I know for damn sure such people exist and I wasn't offended), the movie is not meant as an indictment of Christianity or religion in general. It's very bleak, uncompromising and violent, although you mostly see the after-effects of the violence and not the violence itself. I liked the movie very much, but it's a fairly tough watch. It's funny how it's both been received as being cruel towards women and as a feminist movie. In that way it's similar to Paul Verhoeven's latest movie Elle.

    The movie's got an unusual structure, it's divided into chapters that aren't chronological, but the movie isn't that hard to follow. The time jumps are a little disorienting though, but I think that's intentional because you're supposed to feel uneasy. Time-jumping, violence and western sound like Tarantino's two latest movies, but don't go in expecting that, the humor and lighter elements are completely missing here.
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  13. #3763
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    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    If you feel like watching a sleazy, lurid, trashy piece of filmmaking that makes the average porn movie look classy, watch Wild Things. Not much else to say about it.

  14. #3764
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    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    Wild Things was awesome, specifically for those reasons.

  15. #3765
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    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    Yeah I suppose I get the appeal, but I feel like I need a shower, to use a slight hyperbole.

  16. #3766
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    I decided to watch A Cure For Wellness, because it seemed like the kind of gothic horror thing I usually like, despite the fairly low 6.4 rating on IMDb. I enjoyed watching it, but not really because of the story. It's kind of a Shutter Island kind of story (the main character even reminded me of DiCaprio a little), but it makes less sense and goes completely off the tracks in the last 15 minutes. It has some things which don't add up, I either don't get them or there's simply no good explanation for them. Shutter Island kept me guessing but in the end I figured it out pretty well, but not so here. It's far more disturbing than Shutter Island though. I usually like that kind of stuff and did so here too, except for one particular scene which I think wasn't necessary. But telling the reason I think so would be going into major spoiler territory, if you read it you'd have the main twist spoiled for you.

    The reason I mostly enjoyed the movie is because it looks absolutely stunning, both the outdoor (Swiss Alps, though actually shot in Germany) and indoor (creepy sanitarium rooms which seemed stuck in pre-WW2 times) sets and the beautiful but sinister building it was set in. I thought The Ring (US version) was shot very well and these are the same director and director of photography and they've really outdone themselves. I think this deserves a best cinematography nomination at Oscar time. It was breathtaking to look at. With a movie this well-shot and atmospheric, I'm more forgiving of a mediocre screenplay. I mean The Wolfman (latest version) completely failed as a horror movie because it wasn't the least bit scary, but I still enjoyed the gothic imagery in it enough to buy the DVD.

  17. #3767
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Tonight, went to the movies to see "The Big Sick".

    As I'm a fan of movies which focus on interracial dating (eg My Fat Greek Wedding, Suzie Gold, Bend it Like Beckham etc etc) I really enjoyed this. Plus the fact the I'm engaged to a woman whose Muslim (I'm catholic). So I could see some parallels. Funny in parts, though more serious than many of the other movies which focused on similar content. Really good movie on the overall. Highly recommend it.

    8/10.

  18. #3768
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Oh cool, I would love to see that one but I don't know if it's even coming to the theatres here. Kumail and Emily, the couple who wrote the autobiographical script the movie is based on, used to do a gaming podcast called The Indoor Kids, which I was a big fan of.

  19. #3769
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    Registered: Apr 2000
    Location: The Akkala Highlands
    Saw the Dark Tower movie last night, as expected it was very disappointing. It's technically a sequel, so aside from a few familiar characters and places, there's really no content at all from the books. That part aside, it's also missing the mood, atmosphere, and charm from the novels, and in the end overall, it was just kind of boring and derivative. Not exactly what fans of the books have been clamoring for for the past 10 years.

    There was supposed to be a follow-up 10-13 episode origin story type thing in the works for TV, but I can't see that happening now. It's hard to believe after all the script rewrites, change in producers and directors, and casting switches over the years, that this is what they finally came up with. I think DT may just be one of those unfilmable stories, something that's just impossible to convert to the big screen.

  20. #3770
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    Yeah, I'm not too terribly surprised about DT. The trailers only showed the barest hints of promise, and, from the reviews, it looks like the movie itself failed to deliver on even that.

    Though while we're on the subject of Stephen King adaptations, It (as in "It") looks like it's going to be pitch perfect in every conceivable way.

  21. #3771
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    Location: Trollinus Maximus
    mostly midget porn.........and caught up on suits.

  22. #3772
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    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    It's good to know you're sticking to your own kind, Juan.

  23. #3773
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    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    Been watching some old horrors I missed back in the day. Lemora: a childs tale of the supernatural was very atmospheric having been shot in blue filter at night for the most part. Like most of the early seventies films it draws out the plot and telegraphs it in subtle ways and I like the slow burn though it is no Dark Water. Dark Water is king of atmosphere and the plot a constant unravel of a mystery. It's like a thickly wrapped present you are not sure you want to open but you can't stop yourself and when you finally get a peek it's surprisingly worse than you even thought. Let's just say Lovecraft would love it.

    Night of the devils is an old world vampire tale that manages to be creepy and somehow almost overly serious. I always think horror should take itself seriously to be effective but this almost takes it to hamfistville. Almost. Creepy children and keeping the funk all in the family manage to make it watchable. That and a hot naked chick. Hot naked chicks galore in Humanoids of the Deep. That one is about taking The Creature from the Black Lagoon to the next level. These fish heads come ashore for the wimmins and they aint taking no for an answer. Slimy fish rape. Yum. The most sexsploitational ever and directed by a woman no less.

    Season of the Witch. The Romero one of 73. It reminded me of Wicker Man in its theme but in no other way. It starts with the craziest dream sequence I've ever seen but stamps this woman's mindset perfectly right off the bat. It's off kilter. It's clunky. But it is oh so seventies. It manages to engross even as you begin to understand she is not a character you can empathize with as much as you originally thought. On one level you understand her and on another you feel a certain inscrutable lightness of character. Is she vapid or evil or some bewildered child? All would fit some I've known. The most dangerous... but she seems atypical in some way. Not a typical horror though. But as seventies as cheap Sears flakeboard furniture.

    Anyway those are a few I've seen that stick with me.

  24. #3774
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Be sure to checkout "Children of the Corn" if you like creepy kid horror flicks. Very much B-grade, but it's interesting. The sequels are meh.

    Pet Cemetery, for another.

  25. #3775
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    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    Outlander we have your woman. Yes I've seen it long ago. It reminded me of a TV program in the seventies. I only recall the sex scene. Sow the seed. Plant the corn. But it was about the health of the corn harvest and I wondered did King take his idea from that as a launching point.

    Every idea is an outgrowth of another. I watched Planet of the Vampires from which the discovery of the derelict ship in Alien is supposed to have been taken and I could see how it would have inspired. The movie itself was pretty awful. Sort of a fifties type sci fi but made in sixty five. And that reminded me of a story in a fifties EC comic that had a similar scene. Nothing really new under the sun. The original Wicker Man came as close as any I suppose.

    Pet Semetary I read first and it is my favorite King book. So many of his go off coarse and he has everybody blow up or something but when he is on his game he is as good as any. The movie could not capture some aspects and didn't even try on others. I wish that he would explore the Wendigo legend as he touched on in that book. Algernon Blackwood did a passing strange job of it but I would like to see it done in a full length novel.

    Anybody got any suggestions on lesser known horrors? I've yet to see The Hunger and that may be my next. I find I like those of the twentieth century better than any of those after... well, Insidious was fairly good. If I see another person yanked backward into the dark over plot I'm going to go on a boring ass slasher spree that has been done a billion times though.

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